a.1.Overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in declaring war.
2.Lacking due deliberation or care; hurried; said or done before the time; as, a precipitate measure.
3.Falling, flowing, or rushing, with steep descent; headlong.
Precipitate the furious torrent flows.
- Prior.
4.Ending quickly in death; brief and fatal; as, a precipitate case of disease.
n.1.(Chem.) An insoluble substance separated from a solution in a concrete state by the action of some reagent added to the solution, or of some force, such as heat or cold. The precipitate may fall to the bottom (whence the name), may be diffused through the solution, or may float at or near the surface.
2.atmospheric moisture condensed as rain or snow, etc.; same as precipitation{5}.
Red precipitate
(Old. Chem) mercuric oxide (HgO) a heavy red crystalline powder obtained by heating mercuric nitrate, or by heating mercury in the air. Prepared in the latter manner, it was the precipitate per se of the alchemists.
White precipitate
a - (Old Chem.) A heavy white amorphous powder (NH2.HgCl) obtained by adding ammonia to a solution of mercuric chloride or corrosive sublimate; - formerly called also infusible white precipitate, and now amido-mercuric chloride.
b - A white crystalline substance obtained by adding a solution of corrosive sublimate to a solution of sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride); - formerly called also fusible white precipitate.
v. t.1.To throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or height.
[imp. & p. p. Precipitated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Precipitating.]
2.To urge or press on with eager haste or violence; to cause to happen, or come to a crisis, suddenly or too soon; as, precipitate a journey, or a conflict.
If they be daring, it may precipitate their designs, and prove dangerous.
- Bacon.
3.(Chem.) To separate from a solution, or other medium, in the form of a precipitate; as, water precipitates camphor when in solution with alcohol.
v. i.1.To dash or fall headlong.
2.To hasten without preparation.
3.(Chem.) To separate from a solution as a precipitate. See Precipitate, n.
Noun1.precipitate - a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering
Verb1.precipitate - separate as a fine suspension of solid particles
2.precipitate - bring about abruptly; "The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution"
3.precipitate - fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
Synonyms: come down, fall
4.precipitate - fall vertically, sharply, or headlong; "Our economy precipitated into complete ruin"
5.precipitate - hurl or throw violently; "The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below"
Adj.1.precipitate - done with very great haste and without due deliberation; "hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare; "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes; "rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion"; "wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"
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